Anthony McCall

You and I, Horizontal (II)

You and I, Horizontal (II) by Anthony McCall

Artwork Detail

'You and I, Horizontal (II)' is a single horizontal projection, exemplary of McCall’s light installations. Comprising the main body of McCall’s oeuvre, these installations reveal McCall’s consummate skill in drawing and sculpture, with the unlikely pairing accorded equal weight in his solid-light compositions. Projected drawings utilise water-based haze to illuminate the ever-changing trajectories of the projector’s beams, rendering light in solid form: materiality constructed from the purely immaterial. Widely exhibited around the world, 'You and I, Horizontal II', begins with a single horizontal line that bisects the installation space as a sharp wedge of light. Gradually, this line begins to warp and reveals itself to be a travelling wave. As the cycle progresses, this wave bends and whips, slowly retreating from an encroaching curvilinear form. This second form gradually comes to dominate the space, until it eventually forms a completed ellipse, enclosing the viewer in a cone of light for a few meditative seconds before breaking again as a straight line re-enters the frame.

In the course of one 33 minute cycle, viewers watch the three recurring elements of McCall’s syntax - the travelling wave, the ellipse and the straight line - enact a slowly choreographed negotiation in six parts. As these drawn forms oscillate through various stages of completeness, the solid light tethering drawing to projector surrounds the viewer, creating overlapping planes and corridors of light.

You and I, Horizontal (II)
Anthony McCall
Production date
media player, digital projector, haze machine
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, 2015
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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